Item description for A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (Naxos Audiobooks) by Julian Barnes...
This is one of the defining novels of English writer Julian Barnes. An entertaining mlange of stories, starting with a contemporary account of the launch of Noah s Ark, takes us into unexpected areas of human foibles, activities and tendencies. An unabridged recording of one of the most popular literary works of the past two decades by an author who consistently wears his erudition lightly. Underpins Naxos AudioBooks commitment to literary novels in unabridged form. Read by Alex Jennings whose work on audiobook, in the theatre, and on TV and film demonstrates intelligent performance at its best.
Book Description Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. The series will be extensive and open-ended and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread.
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Studio: Naxos AudioBooks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.51" Width: 5.04" Height: 2.05" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Naxos AudioBooks
ISBN 962634475X ISBN13 9789626344750
Availability 0 units.
More About Julian Barnes
Born in Leicester in 1946, Julian Barnes is the author of nine novels, a book of stories, and a collection of essays. He has won both the Prix Medicis and the Prix Femina, and in 1988 was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London.
Julian Barnes currently resides in London. Julian Barnes was born in 1946.
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Pure Garbage in 10 and 1/2 chapters Apr 3, 2010
I don't even know what to say about this book, except that is is so awful, so inane, so disjointed and ridiculous that this book is a SKIP! I read it for my book club and it is one of the most disorganized group of short stories masquerading as a cohesive novel that have barely a thread to keep this whole thing from falling apart. Simply the worst book I can recall reading (and...well, finishing!)
I suppose the first chapter about Noah's Ark was interesting enough and funny in moments, but I just couldn't wait to turn a page because the pacing is so plodding. I finally just ended up skimming over the unimportant parts (of which there are many). And just to be jerked from one story that has nothing to do with another story and peddling it as a novel is misleading.
A terrible book. I am loathe to give it even one star, because it doesn't deserve a half a star. What a waste of paper. If you see it i a book store, run away! FAST!!!! (I guess I'm a little bitter since this is my book club selection and I have to finish it. At least here, I have a place to vent before the meeting next week.
Loved it and hated it. Mar 2, 2009
I liked most of this book, loved some and hated others. The book is interesting. Julian Barnes has written a work of fiction, that is not really history in the strictest sense of the word. It is more an examination of Worldviews. The book is divided up into eleven sections, with the meditation on love being the half chapter in the title. The book opens with the perspective of a woodworm that slipped onto Noah's ark and gives the story from the animal's perspective. This story is quite humorous really. The second story is about a group of history tourists being hijacked by Arabs while on a cruise. This story is much more intense and sad than the first story. It is a radical shift in tone and feel of the book. The book does this over and over. There is the story of a nuclear attack that really is not. There is the story of 900 Jews on the St. Louis during the time of Hitler and the final solution. There is a reflection on the meaning of love that is not at all sappy and is perhaps the best part of the book. There a several other stories, all of which are good, but one. The one that I did not like at all was the one about Heaven. Heaven was almost Hell in Barnes' perspective. This ending weakened the whole book.